Woolshed Hill

Arthur's Pass National Park

  • 4 hr – 6 hr hawdon valley
  • Medium

The track begins steeply climbing through beech forest from near the Hawdon carpark. It emerges into brilliant dracophyllum draped tops with impressive views of the Hawdon Valley and beyond.

Hawdon River flats • By Matthew.
Key information
Walking time
4 hr – 6 hr
Distance
10.0km
Type
Hawdon Valley
Hawdon Valley
Grade
Medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Maps
NZTopo50-BV21
Altitude
1,429m

The track to Woolshed Hill begins behind Kidson Lodge which is not far from the Hawdon Valley Shelter. The track leading into the beech forest is marked with a big orange triangle, so is easy to spot. It climbs steeply for about an hour before leveling off and providing some views through the trees to the valley floor.

Not long after the view points the track emerges from the trees altogether into bright orange dracophyllum scrub. Now there are glorious views across to Sudden Valley. Follow the path through the scrub, along the ridge, sometimes passing through bare, rocky slopes and sometimes through a bit of tussock and clumps of trees. There are a few small tarns nestled between moraine walls that make a lovely rest spot if you want a short day but if you want to continue to the summit of Woolshed Hill, pass by these and continue along the ridge.

 

Map
ID 1234

About this track

Added 19 December 2005 by pythagnzpythagnz. 2 revisions, most recently 31 December 2006 by mike and jomike and jo.
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